Kolkata: Condemning the “derogatory statement” of a senior minister of Jharkhand in connection with the Massanjore Dam issue, state Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra stated it to be nothing unusual with respect to the highhandedness of BJP leaders, that has been leading to unrest in the entire country.It may be mentioned that as per an agreement with the Centre, Bengal government carries out the maintenance work of the dam even though it is in Jharkhand and had recently taken up some work including the task of painting it in blue and white. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll of a sudden, some people from Jharkhand stopped the work and even the Biswa Bangla logo on the dam was replaced with that of Jharkhand.However, the work had resumed after District Magistrate of Birbhum Moumita Godara Basu took up the matter with her counterpart at Dumka in Jharkhand.But the situation took an ugly turn on Sunday, when Louis Marandi, the Social Welfare, Women and Child Development minister of Jharkhand, passed a “derogatory comment” in connection with the Massanjore Dam issue. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedReacting sharply on the statement of the Jharkhand minister, Mahapatra said: “We are well aware about the derogatory remarks and statement of different BJP leaders and we are also witnessing how it is affecting the tradition of the country. So this is nothing unusual or unexpected. But as a minister of the department that is carrying out the work at the dam, I am condemning such a statement and also condemning the move of stopping the work of beautification of the dam.” When asked whether the Bengal government would take up the matter with the Centre, Mahapatra said: “This is a national issue and the entire matter has been informed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. We will take all necessary steps following her direction.”Hundreds of tourists visit Massanjore Dam, mainly in monsoon. According to experts, the work of beautification of the dam that has been taken up by the Bengal government would also give a boost to tourism in the area. But in such a situation when some people had stopped the work of painting the Jharkhand dam, the experts apprehend that a section of tourists might think twice before visiting the place.It may be mentioned that an FIR was also lodged in this connection after the work was stopped on Friday.